Bolivia's President Evo Morales leaves a news conference at the presidential palace in La Paz, Bolivia, February 22, 2016. REUTERS/David Mercado
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Bolivian President Evo Morales Tuesday faced the growing prospect of defeat in a referendum on his seeking a fourth term in power.Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous head of state, promised to respect the official results of Sunday's vote on whether he can run for re-election to extend his time in office to 19 years.Partial official results released late Monday by the Electoral Board with 54 percent of votes counted indicated about 56 percent for "No," and 44 percent for "Yes".Morales insisted on waiting for full results to trickle in from rural areas where he has strong support, and from abroad.Morales, 56, wants to run for another five-year term when his current one ends in 2020 .Monday's numbers were largely in line with exit polls published by private media late Sunday, which indicated Morales lost the vote.With no official outcome, Morales said those distributing non-definitive information on the vote were essentially liars.
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